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2019 Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange

For the fourth year in a row, I participated in the Equestrian Blogger Gift Exchange, which Tracy so kindly hosts (and has for seven years)!  I love choosing gifts for a fellow blogger, trying to find just the right thing to match their likes and interests.  And it is definitely fun to come home from work to a surprise package of horsey things for me!


This year, I received my gift quite early!  Thank you so much Eventing Saddlebred Style for the two surprises this past week!  She must have been checking out my Pinterest board I indicated I have, as these are both from my "want" category haha.

Plus, this is a new-to-me blog, so as soon as I finish this entry, I plan to tag along as a follower.  I like adding to my reading list, even though I have been terrible at commenting lately.


The cute little fox mug just makes me laugh.  I definitely cannot bring it to the middle school where I teach hahahaha, but I have already used it here at home a few times!

And the teal lead rope is aw…

Saddle Box review

I was contacted last week by Saddle Box's owner, Phil, who asked if I would review the product on my blog.  I am happy to do so!  All my opinions are my own and I am in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Saddle Box.   
cute little box!
Saddle Box is a monthly subscription box full of equine related goodies for both rider and horse!  It can contain items such as treats, grooming tools, books, and small tack.  It seems there are a lot of these surprise monthly subscription boxes in a variety of styles these days, and it was only a matter of time until one was made especially for horse folks!

The first box has a 15% off coupon, so it costs $29.71 the first month and $34.95 each month thereafter which includes shipping.  They do ship to Canada for an extra $10 shipping. You can buy a Saddle Box for yourself or give it as a gift.  Once you sign up, it will automatically renew (and charge your credit card) every month unless you indicate for no box that month. There are no returns unless you receive a damaged item. Saddle Box's website says that it supports rescues and adoption centers with free boxes, donations, or promotions.  There are many more answers to questions on their website, but I figured I would include some general information.

I received my box in the mail in just a few days.  It was packed full of all sorts of items!

The big bag of Buckeye peppermint treats will be well-loved by the mares.  They are small bite-sized treats best for training or for giving a few in a handful. 

The book is Handy Hints for the Horse Person by Karen Bush, which is not a book I would normally purchase for myself.  It is sort of a gift type book, so it makes sense it would be included in a gift type of box!  It contains 364 "hints" and while some are things I have known or been told before, some of the hints are new to me.

hmmmmm good idea!
The Epona grooming mitt is super interesting and not something I have used before!  It seems as though it will be good for bathing, especially for scrubbing legs instead of trying to use a large body sponge.  

LOVE this Epona hoof pick!  It is lightweight but sturdy, and I love the wooden handle.  This is definitely better quality than the plastic hoof picks I usually use.  The only drawback is there isn't a brush on one end like the plastic ones I use, but it is still a really nice pick.

You can never have enough saddle soap and tack cleaning sponges.  While I wouldn't normally choose Fiebing's Saddle Soap, I do appreciate having a tack cleaning soap that is not liquid and is less likely to spill if I throw it into my tack cleaning kit in the trailer like the usual liquid soap I buy and use.

The small face brush is by Decker and is just a basic soft brush.  My youngest son "stole" my face brush for his grooming box because he likes the tiny size, so maybe this one can be mine haha.  It is quite soft and the handle is wooden rather than plastic.  When I first saw the shedding blade, I thought it was one of those awful round metal currycombs.  But this one is a Tough-1 shedding blade, which could be used for shedding winter coats or to clean off my brushes while grooming, so I am really excited to try it this coming spring when the horses are shedding like crazy!

Co-Flex is like tack sponges; you can never have too many rolls!  This is always a welcome addition to throw into the first aid kits.  And this sticker is quite funny!  I am not a big sticker person (unless it is my monogram lol), but I hung this on the barn bulletin board hahaha. 

Overall, I think the Saddle Box is a fun gift to give or receive.  I do not think I would purchase it for myself as a monthly subscription, mostly because if I am going to spend $35, it is going to be on something specific I either need or want.  I can't help being cheap frugal about how I spend my horse money haha.  I do like that it includes name brands and a variety of items.  And if you bought every item it adds up to $62+, so it is certainly a good deal at almost half off.  I definitely recommend checking out the Saddle Box and ordering one (or more!) for yourself or a friend!

Comments

  1. I always wondered what came in those things! But I also think I'd struggle to justify the cost for a box vs something very specifically needed.

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    1. Right! I agree! Definitely a fun gift to give or receive though.

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  2. I used to love subscription boxes and have singed the poor hubby up for several over the years. What I always found was the the initial box was well worth the money, but after that? They kept getting cheaper and cheaper and by the time I canceled I wasn't even getting the value of the box back out of the products inside it. I would be curious if you were a subscriber if it would be similar.

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  3. I was curious about these. I can see them being a great gift for young horse person. ;) That said, it seems like it was value for money.

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  4. Totally agree with you and your review. When I saw the tack sponge I was like YES, always need that. But I don't need a book or a sign. So, I kinda don't need more stuff I don't need for $35. Perhaps if they had a list of things you could choose from? I do think it would be fun to send as a gift occasionally though!

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  5. I hope more people send you stuff to review! You have maintained this blog through so much you deserve some free goodies!

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